LG has today released the scoop on its latest handset that’ll be hitting our shelves in October. The LG KC910 is aimed squarely at the same market as the Viewty and it’s the first fully-touchscreen 8-megapixel camera phone. It’s also the slimmest 8-megapixel camera phone at 13.95mm but then, it is rather easy to set all sorts of records when it’s one of the first 8-megapixel camera phones full stop.
If you’re going to be a real challenger in the world of 8-megapixel camera phones, then you’d better make sure you’ve got the optics to back it up and LG has certainly done that. The lens of the LG KC910 is from Schneider-Kreuznach who’ve been making industrial and photographic optics since 1913. They won an Oscar in 2001 for their Super-Cinelux motion picture lens, so I think they’ll have done enough to justify the pixels and chipsets.
If, like them, you dream of higher things, then you won’t be disappointed with the video capture that’ll grab anything from 5fps to 120fps. Not sure you’ll be able to win an Academy gong with one but it’s worth a go.
Short of that, the camera itself is backed up with a xenon flash, an image stabiliser and face tracking but what I like most of all is the choice of manual or automatic focus. A touch like that combined with the resolution begins to turn the LG KC910 into as much a phone with a camera as a camera with a phone.
Naturally, LG hasn’t let us down with the connectivity and there’s all the Wi-Fi and 7.2Mbs HSDPA that all good handsets should have nowadays along with GPS for navigation and geo-tagging of your 8-megapixel snaps.
Lastly, as you may have noticed from the images, the LG KC910 will play both DivX a Xvid straight out of the box and it’s also the first phone to feature Dolby Mobile, although quite how faithful the speakers are going to be is another question. Part of me hopes it won’t work that well but then, I suppose if you can’t stop people playing music on the bus, it may as well be in Dolby.
All in all, it looks like a rather tasty handset from LG and, if the success of the Viewty is anything to go by, it’s going to go down a storm. Touchscreen, 13.95mm, 8-megapixels and not whiff of Windows Mobile in sight all sounds pretty good to me.